Gun Control

N.A.A.C.P. to Take Up Arms Against Gun Industry

For years, the N.A.A.C.P. has lamented the flood of handguns into African-American communities. Yet the nation's oldest civil rights organization has had little impact on curbing the proliferation. But the shooting tragedies in Littleton, Colo., and Conyers, Ga., plus the recent court victory against gun manufacturers in New York, may give the organization the political firepower it needs to advance its public-safety agenda.

This week, at its annual convention in New York City, the N.A.A.C.P. plans to announce that it will file a class-action lawsuit against manufacturers, distributors and importers of handguns. The lawsuit will come on the heels of several...

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